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Litquake Presents Jane Smiley In Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler

Sep.18.2011

Jane Smiley’s new novel Private Life is rich with California history. Best known for her acclaimed The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler also made waves in 2002 with the release of Sister Noon, set in 1800s San Francisco. These two brilliant writers will discuss the nature of historical fiction. How important are facts? How much research is required to create a believable fictional universe?

Jane's Latest Blogs

Nov.29.2009 - 10:24 am
HI, Everyone-- I rarely do this, but I do feel that the issue of Gary McKinnon, which I wrote about today on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-smiley/stop-...
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Dec.07.2007 - 6:20 pm
I love to hang out in the betting halls or walk between the paddock and the railing. I love to look at the jockeys, at the trainers; I love the feeling of the grandstand looming...
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Published Reviews

Nov.03.1991
Published by The New York Times
[T]his powerful and poignant book doesn't lean against [King] Lear for support. Jane Smiley takes the truths therein and lights them up her way, making the perils of family and...